Located in downtown La Grande, Oregon, and serving Eastern Oregon, Wasley Law Office, PC, (formerly Yarmo & Wasley, PC) was founded in 1999 by Philip Wasley with the vision of helping clients understand and resolve their legal issues.
Phil has been a member of the Oregon State Bar since 1994 and has actively practiced law for the past 22 years. Phil regularly handles legal matters in Union, Umatilla, Wallowa, and Baker counties. He is an accomplished attorney who has extensive knowledge and experience in a diverse range of law.
Wasley Law Office specializes in:
Civil law refers to that branch of law dealing with disputes between individuals and/or organizations of matters that involve private rights and liabilities. Although we have extensive experience in civil litigation, we also work with the disputant to try to resolve conflicts before litigation becomes necessary. It is often helpful to be well versed in a variety of legal areas when it comes to civil law as disputes are often complex and may involve contract law, administrative law, real estate law, land use, etc.
It has been said that perhaps the greatest calamity that can befall a human being in our society is to be charged with a criminal offense. Based on mere accusations, the government, through the machinery of criminal prosecution, focuses its formidable powers against the individual. Amassed against the accused will be the prosecutor, the police and often times the general public.
The process may rend apart the accused’s family, alienate his friends and destroy his own feelings of self worth. He will be forced to undergo public proceedings, many of which he may not understand, and in which the prosecution will constantly point the accusatory finger as if to say ‘By his deeds, he is no longer one of us.’
Very often the stakes are high. A judgment against the accused may require him to forfeit his property, his freedom, even his life. Into this breach steps defense counsel.
Sworn to protect the client’s interests to the best defense the law will allow no matter what the personal costs. Armed with little more than his wits and his knowledge of the criminal law, he will become the voice through which the accused will, in effect, do battle with the awesome powers of his own government. Our adversary system requires no less than that defense counsel become a “brother in arms” to the accused in this battle.
Defense counsel must be prepared to stand and fight for his client against public outcry; he must stand and fight for his client throughout his trial; and he must stand and fight for his client at the time final judgment is entered. Such a system is not efficient. It is not designed for ‘swift justice.’ Indeed, some would say that it is not designed for ‘justice’ at all.
Defend and protect your rights! Altercations with the law happen, and unfortunately, the court system is not generally navigable to the average person. The police are here to serve and protect you but sometimes they cut corners. Although hiring an attorney may be expensive, the value of having someone on your side who knows the court system is profoundly important and in many cases, attorneys can negotiate with the district attorney to reduce your offense to a lower degree, not to mention the savings you will receive in the value of peace of mind. We can help you with almost all your criminal defense needs whether it be a felony, misdemeanor, DUII, driving suspension hearing, or expunging your record. We have extensive jury trial experience and are unafraid of taking your case to trial.
We can help you decide which kind of business best fits your needs and then create your company. Businesses have a wide range of needs. We regularly review and draft a wide variety of contracts and agreements for a multitude of businesses from sole proprietorships to multi-million dollar corporations.
Probate is the legal process of settling the estate of a deceased person, specifically resolving claims and distributing the decedent’s property either in accordance with a will or to the decedent’s heirs by intestate succession. Probate is necessary to:
- Settle disputes between people who may claim they are entitled to assets of the deceased person.
- Collect debts owed to the deceased person.
- Resolve any disputes about the validity of the deceased person’s will.
- Clear title to real property, stocks and bonds, or bank accounts that were held in the name of the deceased person only, and change the title of these assets to the names of the rightful beneficiaries.
Real Estate Law
We can provide helpful information and assistance in a number of areas of real estate law and real estate transactions from reviewing or preparing documents for real property contracts, preparing deeds, conveyances, and other property agreements such as easements or water right allocations.
We also regularly help clients with issues pertaining to:
- Administrative and Governmental Law
- Collection Disputes
- Construction Law
- Consumer Rights and Laws
- Contract Review and Preparation
- Estate Planning
- Land Use Law
- Power of Attorney
- Property Damage
- Water Rights and Law
- Wind Energy Contracts
Phil has successfully argued in front of the Oregon Court of Appeals and the Land Use Board of Appeals. He has effectively negotiated a myriad of legal disputes for his clients. His practice ranges from standing up for your rights when you have been arrested to negotiating business transactions, drawing up contracts, taking on large corporations, and handling your probate and estate planning needs. His clients repeatedly come back to him with varying legal issues and his vast legal experience and background allows him to help each client with their changing needs.
Call to set up an appointment today! 541-962-7327